Arthur Zajonc

Arthur Zajonc is professor of physics at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1978. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. He has been visiting professor and research scientist at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, and the universities of Rochester, and Hannover. He has been Fulbright professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. His research has included studies in electron-atom physics, parity violation in atoms, quantum optics, the experimental foundations of quantum physics, and the relationship between science, the humanities and the contemplative traditions. He has written extensively on Goethe's science work. He is author of the book: Catching the Light (Bantam & Oxford UP), co-author of The Quantum Challenge (Jones & Bartlettt), and co-editor of Goethe's Way of Science (SUNY Press). In 1997 he served as scientific coordinator for the Mind and Life dialogue published as The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama (Oxford UP). He again organized the 2002 dialogue with the Dalai Lama, "The Nature of Matter, the Nature of Life," and acted as moderator at MIT for the "Investigating the Mind" Mind and Life dialogue in 2003. The proceedings of the Mind and Life-MIT meeting were published under the title The Dalai Lama at MIT (Harvard UP) which he co-edited. Most recently he is author of the books, Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love (Lindisfarne Press) on contemplative pedagogy, and a volume on the youth program PeaceJam, We Speak as One: Twelve Nobel Laureates Share their Vision for Peace. He has also authored The Heart of Higher Education with Parker Palmer. He currently is an advisor to the World Future Council, and directs the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, which supports appropriate inclusion of contemplative methods in higher education. He has also been a co-founder of the Kira Institute, General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society, president/chair of the Lindisfarne Association, and was a senior program director at the Fetzer Institute.

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